Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

“Let it out.” (Kleenex)

Friday, 26 January 2007; 11:42

When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? Kleenex wants to know and also wants you to post your associated pictures or videos. (There’s nothing like consumer-generated content for one’s site. Just ask YouTube.) Not only is this Kleenex site interactive, but it is also participatory. (Yes, there is a difference.)

One of the things The Distillery especially likes is the way Kleenex absconded with the YouTube model and streams its own videos instead of placing them on YouTube. A number of other firms should follow that lead. The difference is like having a Hotmail e-mail address vs. an e-mail address with your own domain name. The latter is simply more professional and business-like.

The Distillery likes the Kleenex site. Not only will you find the above, but with a few additional clicks one runs into multimedia content for Kleenex’s new oval-shaped tissues. Questions: Might they be a product variation that consumers didn’t even know they wanted? Might they be a true nasal-technology breakthrough? Or, might Kleenex simply be making noise and blowing its nose by offering consumers a “new and improved” Kleenex? (Oops, make that Kleenex brand tissue. The Distillery wouldn’t want to dilute the Kleenex brand name.) 

Home page:  “Let it out” (Kleenex)
Videos:  “Let it out”
Home page:  Kleenex Oval Tissues

  

The Old Negro Space Program (NASSA)

Thursday, 24 August 2006; 8:49

That last NASA posting had me recall NASSA – The Negro American Space Society of Astronauts, and the film documenting it. It is not a Ken Burns film. Although a tad old, some of you may not yet have seen it. Enjoy.

(And before anyone gets upset, I remind you that my grandfather was a member of NASSA. I will not take kindly to any off-color jokes about the film or NASSA.)

Home page: The Old Negro Space Program
Google Video: The Old Negro Space Program

NASSA SpaceBus graphic

Budweiser Budvar (Czech Republic)

Tuesday, 8 August 2006; 11:52

Budweiser, again? Yes, but this time it is the real Budweiser, and the firm with which Anheuser-Busch is fighting over the legal and international rights to the Budweiser name. (Give it up, Bud. It’s theirs!) From all accounts, the Budweiser beer sold in the United States is but a mere shadow of the Budweiser Budvar brand originally (and still) produced in the Czech Republic. (Might that be something like a Louisiana Po’Boy sandwich from Iceland, or sushi from equatorial Africa?)

But what about Budweiser Budvar’s marketing? Budvar clearly does not have the marketing budget of its American nemesis. However, that does not mean its advertising is the equivalent of “Advertising Lite.” The millions and millions of US dollars may not be there, but some excellent online content is. Have a look at Budvar.TV. Once inside, click on the large animated graphic at the top of the page. Revealed will be a different sort of game. (Would someone please tell us what’s going on with that? ‘Tis very much a puzzlement to The Distillery.)

We also find a few videos from around the world, some games (registration required), and quite a number of Budweiser Budvar’s television commercials. There are jokes, but The Distillery is finding it needed to be there to understand them and/or their punchlines. And last, but not least, we find Bob & Dave and their own videos. (Help! Is anybody out there that can translate any of this?)

Home page: Budweiser Budvar
Home page: Budvar.TV
Home page: Bob & Dave

Budvar beer graphic 01 Budvar beer graphic 02

Garfield 2 (Czech Republic)

Tuesday, 8 August 2006; 10:53

Now where is that translator page? Never mind, the gist is easily ascertained in the Czech Republic release of the movie, Garfield 2. Even more, there aren’t any easily found online translators for Czech to English. So instead, we’ll just let our curiosities lead us.

Should you be planning on traveling overseas and cannot bear the thought of missing Garfield 2, you might take along the worldwide opening dates. You might even consider joining the Worldwide Whisker Web. Or, how about an online Garfield coloring book with virtual crayons?

Home page (Czech Republic): Garfield 2
Home page (Czech Republic): Garfield soccer game
Home page (Czech Republic): Garfield coloring book
Home page (U.S.A.): Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties

Garfield movie banner graphic

HatterChatter.com

Monday, 7 August 2006; 11:00

Remember when the internet first went public and countless web sites offered as many free e-cards you could ever want to send? However, when providers began charging fees, e-cards seemed to vanish overnight — but they actually are still around, for that fee. But also, when e-cards were free, all providers offered essentially the same card themes and almost none, as I recall, targeted specific market segments. That is no longer the case, especially with HatterChatter.com.

The Distillery gives a standing ovation to HatterChatter for carefully selecting and uniquely targeting its particular market segment. The firm’s tagline is funny personalized e-cards for 50+ year-old young women. As I recall (from my typically poor memory), that is the very demographic which enjoys sending greeting cards and does so more than any other.

HatterChatter offers cards very much consistent with its “50+ year-old young women” target market. For example, there is its Five Alarm Flash card for women experiencing hot flashes. There is also its Channel Surfer card for a sick friend. There are scores more with other themes.

The Distillery has but one quibble with the web site. It could be on this end, but when one navigates away from a given page where an animated card and music are playing, the music does not stop. To silence it, one must return to the site’s home page. Aside from that, the $7.00 US annual fee seems very reasonable for a well-considered product and service.

Home page: HatterChatter.com

HatterChatter.com logo graphic

HatterChatter.com index page graphic

BirdCheck.co.uk (Whack the Penguin)

Friday, 4 August 2006; 8:37

I love the internet.* Who knows what will turn up next. Sometimes it’s a gem; other times it’s a bird. This is one of those latter times. And, it appears to be more a labor of love than commercial. (You can donate one or two dollars/euros/yen/pesos/etc. via PayPal. Why not do so?)

But what is BirdCheck? And, is it multimedia? The answer to the second question is “No,” for the most part. BirdCheck is not about selling and advertising, but appears to be a lone person’s laudable efforts to place The Complete Morris’s British Birds 1891 online. (For an American frame of reference, think James Audubon.)

Although BirdCheck is quite wonderful in its intent and execution, and you could spend days enjoying the images, The Distillery calls your attention to some Friday fun — Whack the Penguin. But worry not about the poor penguin. As a resident of CartoonLand, he gets right back up with no harm done. He’s said to even enjoy it. Now, you enjoy.

* No, it is not capitalized. Why should it be? Do we capitalize “power grid,” “sewer system,” or “telephone?” No, we do not. We capitalize proper nouns, and “internet” is not a proper noun. (Whew! I’ve waited too long to get that rant out of my rack of raves.)

Home page: BirdCheck.co.uk
Home page: Whack the Penguin

Dusky Grebe graphic

Giving Lip (Budweiser)

Wednesday, 2 August 2006; 14:51

Yes, this is the third Budweiser entry today, but I promise you will not find yourself bored and yawning. This one is definitely good for a laugh.

Go ahead and play around with Budweiser’s Giving Lip. For maximum laughter, you might wish to select the pig or chimp first. However, don’t forget that you can also upload and use your own image(s).

Home page: Budweiser’s Giving Lip

Budweiser pilsner glass graphic

Life Takes Visa (Visa)

Tuesday, 25 July 2006; 12:48

Visa (yea, the card you’ve maxed out) has compiled an interesting mix of vignettes that life takes. Take your time and look around a bit. Also, watch out for what you may think are the page’s physical boundaries. There are more vignettes beyond those visible on your screen.

Home page: Visa
Home page: Life Takes Visa

Life Takes Visa graphic Visa card graphic

Philips Bodygroom (Norelco)

Monday, 24 July 2006; 19:12

I do not know where to start with this one. Maybe with Brazilian bikini waxes? Yea, that’s the ticket. (Be forewarned. What you are about to see and not hear will crack you up.)

Women have long had to contend with sensitive personal hygiene issues in advertising. And while they were doing so, men seemed to have few such worries and sometimes even snickered. That has changed. Men, too, now have certain “unmentionable” problems — namely body hair especially in certain “less visible” places, at least according to Philips.

And how does a firm tackle such a sensitive and hirsute problem? I’ll let Philips show you with the online promotion for its Bodygroom electric razor at its accompanying mini-site, ShaveEverywhere.com.

Honestly, there is nothing I can say that equals this online promotion. You simply have to experience it for yourself. Make certain you watch the music video. Oh, and you’ll also learn about the “optical inch.” And you thought my warning was just a joke. Hah!

Philips logo graphic
Philips/Norelco Bodygroom graphic

“The Ant Bully”

Wednesday, 19 July 2006; 15:01

Lily Tomlin. Nicolas Cage. Merryl Streep. Ricardo Montalban (sans Corinthian leather). Paul Giamatti. Julia Roberts.

One helluva list of actors and actresses, isn’t it? And what could possibly bring them all together? Answer: The Ant Bully. But instead of The Distillery saying more, why don’t you read what 3 Black Chicks have to say about it.

Home page: The Ant Bully

mofile tv

Wednesday, 5 July 2006; 9:27

Is this the Chinese version of YouTube? (Prepare yourself. This particular clip sure ain’t pretty, but it is “interesting.”)

mofile tv graphic

Queer TV Online

Friday, 9 June 2006; 11:01

I recall attending my first drag queen show eons ago. To say it opened my eyes (very widely!) is an understatement. And from Down Under, today The Distillery brings you QueerTV Online. It amply illustrates one of the things I like about Aussies–a typically “live and let live” attitude. After all, it’s the country/continent that brought us the outrageously (no pun intended) funny movie, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

Today, I will save you the trouble of navigating to the site in order to see its “OUTrageous” content. (Might the boss be lurking or IT snooping?) By the way, each of the following links is in MP4 format. However, Quicktime* formatted (.qt) versions are also available at the site.

Turn down the volume a tad, sit back, and watch the show(s). And, enjoy. I most certainly did. (Jeesh, how do I find this stuff? ‘Tis a puzzlement, even to the The Distillery.)

2005 Mardi Gras Party with Nikkie French
2005 Mardi Gras Party with Nikkie French

Mardi Gras Fair Day 2006
Mardi Gras Fair Day 2006

Queer TV theme song graphic
Queer TV Theme Song

Queer TV Bloopers
Queer TV Bloopers

Big Queer Nation
Big Queer Nation

Tina Arena Mardi Gras 2005
Tina Arena Mardi Gras 2005

The Pussy Cat Has Her Say
The Pussy Cat Has Her Say

(* I feel a rant coming on. Although I love Macintoshes, I am beginning to despise Quicktime just as much–and possibly more–than I do Real Player/Media. Stay tuned until I fully pull my thoughts together. Maybe it’s time for Quicktime to be “outed.” It sometimes behaves most queerly. Update: Then again, maybe it’s not Quicktime per se, but too many people who simply cannot write code very well at all.)